The Alabama Hills, west of Lone Pine, in Inyo County, California, are a small range of spheroidally-weathering Createous monzogranite outcrops. They have provided location settings for more than 150 movies. The hills were named during the Civil War by confederate-sympathizing miners to celebrate the Confederate warship CSS Alabama. (When the Alabama was later sunk by the USS Kearsarge, other places around Owens Valley were named for that ship.) For photographers, rock-climbers, and geologists, the Alabama Hills are a place and a playground like no other. I spent a few days there last April.
Cyclops Arch and the Sierra Nevada
Sunrise over the Inyo Mountains
Contemporary rock art